Robotics and warehouse automation company GreyOrange has launched a new modular sortation system, designed for modern distribution and logistics centres.
The new Flexo system is ideal for retail, courier and express companies, the company says.
This versatility, portable sortation system fits well in most warehouses thanks to its fluidic layouts, requiring minimal additional infrastructure.
Designed with no single point of failure, Flexo can handle up to 12,000 parcels an hour sorting up to hundreds of destinations – including common post and courier items up to 15 kg.
Its plug-and-play modular components, can be added at any time without incurring downtime.
The high-performance system can operate 24x7 and reduces cost per shipment and dependency on additional labour during busy periods.
The AI-enabled robotics system can be easily scaled to meet evolving business needs to handle large peaks or reduced during non-peak hours to minimise operating costs.
Flexo components are designed to allow for fast implementation in as short as 15 days due to its simple design, modularity and standardisation.
GreyOrange gave customers and visitors to LogiMAT in Germany a special demonstration of the new robotics system. LogiMAT, now in its 17th year, is an international trade fair for intralogistics solutions.
"Our new robotics systems offer the type of flexible automation, as opposed to rigid automation, that modern warehouses need to operate with agility in a complex environment,” said Samay Kohli, CEO and Co-founder, GreyOrange.
“GreyMatter, our AI-enabled Warehouse Execution Platform, makes all the difference in unlocking new levels of productivity,” he said.
“Flexo is cost-efficient and makes the system more investment-friendly. Capacity can be increased easily with the addition of more Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) as the business grows."
Kohli says postal, courier and express businesses now face many new challenges with an unprecedented growth in volumes, combined with the volatility of peak periods.
More customers are expecting same day and next day deliveries.
“To remain competitive, logistics centres need to be enabled by new-generation technologies that can cope with the fast-evolving realities of the industry,” he said.
Robots performing high-speed sortation
Sid Chatterjee, Vice President – Products, GreyOrange, added: "The unique feature of the Flexo modular sortation system is its fleet of AMRs.
“These carry parcels from inducts – where parcels arrive – to its sort destination, using the most efficient path determined by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms.
“These robots perform high-speed sortation, similar to a fixed conveyor sorter conventional sorting systems, with added advantages such as the ability to add sorting capacity during peak periods, much faster deployment, easier layout updates, and modular components that can be individually turned off when not in use."
Recognised as one of the world's top 50 robotics companies by Robotics Business Review for three consecutive years since 2016, GreyOrange has sites in the US, South America, Europe and Asia.